1. An ancient cosmic or religious symbol formed by a Greek cross with the ends of the arms bent at right angles in either a clockwise or a counterclockwise direction.
2. Such a symbol with a clockwise bend to the arms, used as the emblem of the Nazi party and of the German state under Adolf Hitler, officially adopted in 1935.
[Sanskrit svastikaḥ, sign of good luck, swastika, from svasti, well-being; see (e)su- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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